Storytelling

Catherine Nikolovski of Hack Oregon gathers ideas for Portland's "Storytelling with Data Build-a-thon"
Contextly offers publishers a way to notify users when follow-up stories of interest are posted to their websites. Users can click a "Follow this story" button at the end of a particular story.
Citizen Journalism
by Reuben Stern

This week we see how several mobile apps are making it easier to piece together video footage from multiple contributors, and we learn about a tool for publishers that helps website readers follow ongoing stories. PART 1: Collaborative video Several apps have emerged recently that enable groups of smartphone users to pile footage together into […] more »

Culture
by Patricia Aufderheide

TFI Interactive, Games for Change, and Storyscapes this year were, as in the past, wildly stimulating and provocative experiences at the Tribeca Film Festival. But I found myself wondering if in the interactive space, we’re ready to get a little definition on what we’re talking about. For instance: Is there anything we can’t call interactive? At […] more »

MobileShift
by Aubre Andrus

When the announcement came late last year that Instagram was now bigger than Twitter, as reported by CNBC, those who once scoffed at the photo-focused network started jumping on board. But as usual, there’s already another up-and-comer ready to take the spotlight: Snapchat. Video and images shared on Snapchat may disappear after 24 hours, but […] more »

Legacy Media
by Sonia Paul

The Pulitzer Prizes, which were announced April 20 at Columbia Journalism School, are considered the highest honors in journalism. Given the industry’s financial crisis and the influx of online-only outlets into the news ecosystem, the fact that legacy news outlets — as opposed to digital outlets — won a large majority of the awards underscores the […] more »

Digging Deeper
by Reuben Stern

This week we see how satellite data can be used for storytelling, and we learn some ways that data reporting can improve breaking-news coverage. PART 1: Storytelling with satellite images The New York Times often incorporates satellite imagery into graphic presentations to tell far-flung stories in new ways. Graphics editor Derek Watkins explains how he […] more »

Culture
by Reuben Stern

This week we learn how The New York Times quickly morphed a viral story into a successful mobile app, and we see how Project Syria uses virtual reality to immerse the audience in the news. PART 1: Single-story apps Efforts to tailor content specifically for smartphones has given rise to freestanding mobile apps inspired by […] more »

Innovation
by Larry Dailey

It was creepy. A noted journalist was in my office. I granted him permission to connect to the organization’s computer network. After that, he told me that he was going to connect to a “virtual private network.” I remember wondering what kind of Bob Woodward, James Bond or — er — Larry Flynt activities this […] more »

Global View
by Sonia Paul

It’s the old news adage that continues to dominate the priorities of American newsrooms: “If it bleeds, it leads.” Hard news and tragedies tend to dominate headlines, and we rarely see the other side of the coin — what happens after the fact? While niche news outlets like Upworthy and the Solutions Journalism Network have made producing […] more »

Innovation
by Aleszu Bajak

Laura Amico is editor of data and multimedia projects at the Boston Globe. In the newsroom she sits between graphics, photos, video, illustration and print, and helps coordinate those groups for cross-media projects. In 2010, she founded Homicide Watch, a site originally launched in Washington, D.C., and currently up-and-running in Boston, Trenton and Chicago that covers homicide from crime […] more »


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